Police say thief takes Salvation Army kettle from North Carolina shopping mall

Police say thief takes Salvation Army kettle from North Carolina shopping mall

November 28th, 2013 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Police say someone stole a Salvation Army kettle from a bell ringer who left his post to help a grandmother and her four grandchildren get through the double doors at a shopping mall in North Carolina.

Winston-Salem police say bell ringer James Griffin III told them when returned from the Belk store to his post, the kettle and the $50 in it were gone.

Police Lt. Brad Yandell says there is no video of Tuesday's theft, and investigators have no leads.

Maj. James Allison, commander of the Salvation Army of Winston-Salem, says the agency would have helped if the thief had a need.

Griffin returned to his post on Wednesday, and the Belk store manager put $100 into the replacement kettle.